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What Grade Would You Give Your Furnace?

January 18th, 2021

gas-furnace-stock-image-on-white-backgroundWinter has officially begun as of just a few short weeks ago, though around here we’ve been experiencing chillier temperatures for a few months already. Hopefully, your furnace has been behaving itself and giving you powerful, efficient heat. But what if it’s not? What needs to happen to get better results?

Read on to learn how to rate your system, and what to do if your furnace is getting a failing grade.

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Why Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger a Big Deal?

January 1st, 2021

three-natural-gas-burners-with-blue-flameGas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. That’s something we want to clear up before we go any further. This post is not meant to incite panic—but it is meant to show you the importance that taking care of your furnace has on home safety.

Like any powerful appliance, or any appliance that creates combustion gas, a furnace does have the potential to create health issues if it’s not properly cared for, or if symptoms of malfunctions are ignored. This is particularly true with a gas furnace.

What’s the most common cause for gas furnace hazards? Cracked heat exchangers!

This is most likely to occur in an aging furnace (a heating system 15+ years old). That doesn’t mean you automatically won’t have this problem if you have a newer system, but it’s something to keep in mind. But if your gas furnace is over a decade old, it’s definitely time to assess its potential risks, including a cracked heat exchanger. Read on to learn more about why this is such a big deal.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak? Here’s How to Check

December 21st, 2020

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIt kind of goes without saying that if you have a leaky pipe in your home that’s in a spot you can’t see or access, it’s a problem. Some plumbing issues do make themselves known fairly quickly, such as a clogged toilet or a dripping faucet. But the pipes tucked away in your home—in your basement, under the sinks, behind the walls—are far less noticeable.

A problem can occur with these pipes and go unnoticed for quite a while, causing problems all that time. If you aren’t attentive, then you could wind up wasting a lot of water, spending extra money, and winding up with property damage. So, how can you tell if you do have a hidden plumbing leak like this? By looking for the following signs:

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How to Stay Warm If Your Furnace Goes Out

December 7th, 2020

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonMornings can be brisk, but this is ridiculous. You’re standing at your thermostat shivering when it dawns on you that your furnace isn’t operating right. Uh-oh! You are quick to make the call to Alltech Services, Inc. for a furnace repair in Ashburn, but you aren’t the only one who made that call. It is going to be a while before your technician can reach you and get that repair done. So, now the question is, how do you stay warm?

Furnaces rarely break down when it is convenient for us. That is why it is a good idea to have some, well, ideas on how you can stay warm until your heater is back to normal. We can help with those furnace repairs and some great ideas to help you keep warm until the job is done.

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Signs That Your Heater Is in Trouble

November 23rd, 2020

animated-checklistLook, there is no good time to be in need of heating repairs. It’s almost never in the budget and almost always right when you need your heater the most. Heating repair needs tend to crop up the most when you are actually using your heating system frequently.

Of course, the best way to fend off the worst heating repair needs is with routine heating maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled a fall tune-up yet, now is the time! During maintenance, our team will thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust any components that need it. This allows us to catch any small repair needs before they grow into bigger ones.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that even with diligent heating system care, you may still run into heater trouble. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that it may be time to give us a call.

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The Holidays + Your Plumbing = Disaster?

November 9th, 2020

two-small-children-flushing-items-down-toiletThat’s a scary looking equation, right? Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be your reality.

Look, the holidays are going to be different this year. Whether you are enjoying festivities with just your immediate family or having folks that are part of your “quaranbubble” over for small holiday parties, there are some factors to consider you might not think about. With everything going on this year and everything that’s probably on your mind, your plumbing system is likely low on the list of priorities.

That’s why we’re making it our job to bring it to the forefront of your mind. If you haven’t had plumbing maintenance done in a while, it might be a good idea to give us a call! But we’d also like to share some tips with you on how to make this a hassle-free holiday season—at least, when it comes to your pipes.

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Is This the Winter You Should Go Ductless?

October 24th, 2020

hand-with-ductless-remoteAre you considering the addition of a new heating system to your home before winter arrives? Do you also happen to be thinking about your air conditioning options for next spring? If both of these systems are near the ends of their lifespans in your house, then it may be time to consider going ductless.

Also referred to as ductless mini-splits, ductless systems are becoming more and more popular for homeowners. They’re great for keeping households efficiently warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summertime.

Of course, choosing the right HVAC system for your living space can be overwhelming. After all, there are many options out there. We advise that you speak with a trained professional before making any final decisions. Not all homes are candidates for ductless systems, so it’s important to be aware of your individual circumstances before buying a new system. Read on as we delve into this a bit more.

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Have You Tuned-Up Your Heater Yet?

October 12th, 2020

technician-inspecting-furnaceIt’s October! It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, apple-picking, and Halloween festivities. Granted, all of these things are going to look much different this year than they have in previous years. But one thing is staying the same: you’ll need a fully functional and efficiently operating heater to get you through chilly days and nights soon.

And not to worry! Now is the perfect time to make sure your heater is fully functional by scheduling routine heater maintenance. Also known as a tune-up, maintenance helps to ensure that your furnace, heat pump system, or boiler works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

During this service, our technicians look through your entire heating system, checking for any components that need adjusting, parts that need cleaning, and signs of repair needs. This benefits you and your home by:

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Time to Test Your Sump Pump: Here’s How!

September 28th, 2020

sump-pumpSump pumps are a staple item in our area during the stormy season. They help prevent water infiltration into homes due to flooding or a plumbing pipe burst, working automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and pump it out into either your wastewater system or a well.

Homes throughout Ashburn and beyond often have crawlspaces and basements. And when these areas suffer from flooding, it can lead to severe property damage and unhealthy mold and bacteria growth. The last thing you need to worry about is replacing drywall and wood support beams or even replacing appliances you keep down in the basement when you have poor weather. We recommend not only having a sump pump, but keeping it in good shape, too. How? By testing it to make sure it works.

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Is It Ever Too Late for an AC Tune-Up?

September 14th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitWith the official end of summer just a week away, you may have realized you never had your air conditioner maintained for the season. It got through summer “just fine” so you may as well just wait until next year right? It’s too late to schedule an AC tune-up now, isn’t it?

Well, no, it’s never too late to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner. Unless of course it’s completely broken down to the point that there is no bringing it back no matter what type of repairs are done on it. But we’re going to guess if you’ve found yourself asking the question this blog proposes, you’re not quite there yet, right? So read on as we uncover why AC maintenance is so important, no matter what time of the year you have it done.

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